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Question: I started my small garden in late May. My tomato and red pepper plants are very big with some vegatables starting to grow. Now, it's already August and I still have no ripe tomatoes or Red Peppers. Do I still have hope? Also, I bought a Dracaena Massangeana and the leaves are starting to yellow? Help....

Answer: Late May shouldn't be too late to plant peppers and tomatoes, however some varieties take a long time to reach maturity. I think there's still hope, but next year I'd recommend planting some short-season varieties. Here are some suggestions:
'Anna Russian'. Brought to Oregon by a Russian immigrant generations ago. Pinkish-red, heart-shaped fruits are very early, large and juicy; vines are hardy. Indeterminate. 65-70 days.

'Buckbee's New 50 Day'. Good yields of great tasting 4-oz. red round fruit. Both cold and heat tolerant. Indeterminate. 55 days.

'Gold Nugget'. An early golden cherry tomato; produces sweet flavorful crack-resistant fruit. Determinate. 60 days.

'Legend'. Very large, glossy red fruit; very early and hardy; resistant to late blight fungus, the bane of cool and rainy climates. Determinate. 68 days.

'Oregon Spring'. Big red fruit with good flavor. One of the earliest of all, plants are resistant to both cool and hot temperatures. Seedless (parthenocarpic) compact determinate. 58 days.

Short season peppers include:

Green (sweet) - Big Bertha, California Wonder, Yolo Wonder strains, Keystone Resistant Giant, North Star, Staddon's Select, Canape, Lady Bell, Jupiter, Bell Boy

Yellow (sweet) - Summer Sweet 860 (green turning yellow)

Banana Type - Sweet Banana

Hot Type - Hungarian Wax, Long Red Cayenne, Large Red Cherry

Pimento - Sunnybrook, Early Pimento

Dracaena tends to drop its lower, older leaves so if the yellowing leaves are the oldest, it's a natural event.

Best wishes with your garden.

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